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, everybody, and welcome. i'm steve coll, i'm the president of the new america foundation, and it's my pleasure to welcome you to this event briefly. and to introduce our subject which from our perspective involves the launch of a book that somebody will hold up for the audience since i don't have a copy. talibanistan. laugh -- [laughter] and i just wanted to say a few words about where this book came from and why the subject matter that you'll hear discussed today struck us as or worthy of what became really a couple of years of endeavor at new america led by peter bergen who will be your moderator through most of the program today. peter and katherine teedman, who unfortunately is not with us today, co-edited this book. it's a collection of scholarly and journalistic articles about the taliban and it environment in southern afghanistan and western pakistan. and it was born as an attempt at new america by a diverse group of researchers to try to get at some of the diversity of the taliban itself at a time when the united states was really puzzling over its resurgence as a movement, as
. and to underscore that point, which i think does get to what steve said a little earlier, and that is, obviously -- you can have a discussion, and you can have a set of of policies, but we're going to be as good as our national congress setting a floor with legislation. and if california wands to exceed it for whatever or reason, they'll go farther. but the national discussion, and i think the it's one of the priorities in the discussion tomorrow and i think you can get bipartisanship on it. when the background checks were set up because of of what happens at gun shows and everything else, 40% of the guns that are traded or bought are not covered with any background five-day waiting period. that's not a loophole, that's an exemption. and that has to be dealt with so you create a national floor that's comprehensive so what happens in indiana doesn't flood the city of chicago, cook county. and it's essential to underscore that point. >> if i could, it needs to be a national be fix, and it has to be federal preemption because the patchwork of states or cities working by themselves is not effective.
for 2013 national book critics circle awards. first, after words with steve call. his book takes a look at the corporation that has greater revenues than the economies of many western nations. this is a little under an hour. >> hi. thank you so much for joining a state. congratulations on what is quite an achievement. >> thank you. >> first of all, i really enjoyed the book. it read like a novel. i mean, it really read like non-fiction in places, which are short and as a writer you encountered some of that feeling as well. i know as a reporter who has dealt with exxon mobil a good chunk of her career, how difficult it probably was to probe this company. let's start there. white exxon mobil? added you come to the subject? why this company? how was it -- how did it differ from some of your other subjects? >> it is an interesting -- to me it was an interesting journey because, as you point out, i started out as a business reporter on wall street when i was young. then i went abroad and worked on more national subjects. after september 11 the road about the origins of those attacks and 20 y
were talking about -- i said, hey, i'm interviewing steve. any questions for him? he brought up apple. and apple is now more valuable than exxonmobil. it's also secretive. also thin-skinned. but apple is cool. >> guest: exactly. >> host: everybody likes apple. do you -- it's kind of a two-parter. do you think exxonmobil's strategy has tarnished the rest of the oil business, and every in big oil is bad, and do you think it's spread to other companies and in the case of apple, seems to be thin-skinned and controlling and secretive and still hip and cool and people leak you. >> guest: i went back and looked at the top five corporations in the united states from 1949 to the present. and ex-son is always on the list. and the companies around rise and fall. where the companies in the '50s that were number one and two, u.s. steel, don't exist anymore. you look at today, apple and exxonmobil are one and two. ten years ago it was exxonmobil and wal-mart, microsoft is always in the mix. but 50 users from now, which one do you think is more likely to be around, exxonmobil or apple? that's one qu
. [laughter] >> and you're doing a great job. >> thank you, boo boo. thank you, steve. teaching my students, under studies at georgetown university, but before i continue with this process, i just wanted to also thank the members of the presidential inaugural committee who provided us with tickets. i hope you got tickets if you didn't see them, and their amazing work and, really, putting together a very exciting weekend here in our nation's capitol. i want to thank them for the day of service that not only took place here in washington, d.c., but across the united states of america. millions of people signed up, volunteered, and made a difference. dr. martin luther king, jr. would have been proud we used his birthday weekend not just to party and celebrate, but to remember what he called us often to do, and that, ladies and gentlemen, is to serve and to answer the call, and, yet, i want to thank the dnc staff and others who worked throughout the christmas and throughout the holidays to ensure we also had a good time as well. so my only thing, i was working yesterday. you want me to shut up?
mean, the steve jobs, the zuckebergs, i want to find congressmen and women who can foster that environment and i will do everything i can to get them elected. yes, i will be involved in the upcoming election. >> after the -- after your adventure with mr. santorum, you talked about being active, but in a way that was less traceable, doing it through c-4s. is that how you see doing whatever you plan to do during the congressional cycle in 2014 #, or do you see -- how do you see being a force? >> the idea of keeping a low profile, and i didn't realize all the high reporters would show up at this breakfast. i thought it would be a handful. the notoriety is mixed emotions for me, but i believe i can be more of a help in ways that bring people together. my success did not come from tearing down other people. to succeed in business, be an encourager, a cheerleader, and when people fall down because they make a mistake, help them realize that's the steppingstone to the next success and failure's something that we need to embrace. one of my ax yums is perfectionism ab hores error,
join me in welcoming steve. [applause] >> let me add my welcome to all of you. i think we're going to have a real treat this morning. as john mentioned, i am a special forces officer by profession. so this area is near and dear to my heart. this is kind of what we do or did. it'll let me do it anymore. [laughter] i mentioned to max when he came in a little historical artifact in that when i was a cadet at west point i bought a book that had just been published. a two volume set. it was called war in the shadows , the guerrilla in history by robert aspirate. that book from 1975 until now really has been the sort of a benchmark for this kind of historical review of this subject area. that is a long time for a book tour keep that sort of position. well, with apologies, i think his book is being replaced not. max has done that. with this book which is on sale outside, invisible armies, he, i think, has set the new benchmark for the subject area. his book is very, very comprehensive. it is somewhat chronological, but not entirely. it is somewhat regional, but not entirely, and it is som
't see past the speaker over there, but they are over there. my incredible husband, steve. so many of you have herald me tell the story -- heard me tell the story of how steve will be i actually thought the first jewish saint, but it turns out there actually is a jewish saint, so steve will be the second jewish saint. and my three incredibly amazing, wonderful, smart, talented, awesome kids; rebecca, jake and shelby. [applause] who are all here. let me tell you, they have made huge sacrifices to help me be able to go out and fight the good fight side by side with all of you every day. and, you know why we all do this at the end of the day is to make the world a better place. and that is what i've tried to instill, what steve and i have tried to instill in our children so they understand why mommy has to be away a little bit measure my day -- little bit more than my day job takes me back and forth to washington d.c. they have been really incredible not only in their understanding, but in coming along and beginning the next generation of young americans who are going to be in the fight with
, but no response the other way from the leaders in iran. other questions? yes, sir, in the back. >> senator steve cheney with american security project. these do you talk about weapons of mass destruction come of it that your thoughts on weapons of mass destruction. under new state the caps at 1550 but thousands were in reserve, is there not an opportunity here to look at the triad, significant reductions, perhaps look again at the start and not building new bomber. >> that will be part of the debate. we have to decide at what level do we need to be from the national security military standpoint to protect the american people and to be seen as the capability to do that. i think the larger question is that we need to focus on rather than reduction is what's happening around the world. what's happening in the korea and what's happening in iran and what kind of access are some of these groups going to have two wmd capabilities? that's the greater threat. i do give senator lugar and senator nunn great credit for being part of reducing -- destroying some of those older weapons and so forth and so on.
to back him on everything. he had some concerns about reagan's for steve staff, james baker who had come from the other wing of the party. he questioned whether someone like that could put his heart into a reagan program. a couple years after that, rusher is very upset about i guess you could call them technical pr mistakes on the part of communications people in the white house, so and so are to be fired, didn't happen. his main concern in giving advice to reagan which he didn't do a lot of, his main concern seemed to be let's make sure we are effectively communicating with the american people in getting around the liberal media which is a great but of rusher's and rightly so. on iran-contra what i say in the book is he followed it with a dutiful interests. i don't think he had a great emotional investment but he is a syndicated columnist for over 30 years and wrote a number of columns about iran-contra taking the president's side and it came down to this -- he thought maybe reagan was guilty of a few errors of judgment but he said it seems to have come down to an overly solicitous atti
worry very much about that's not going to happen. so thank you. >> thank you, peter bergen and steve coll, new america for both the book and this presentation. as peter mentioned to you, i will talk about two things. one, the poll that my organization, terror free tomorrow conducted in the fog off. and this will complement what hassan addressed. while much focus on the fatah deservedly has been on the militants there, as well as the united states drone strikes in the area, not as much attention has been paid to the actual people who live there, in their point of view. in our public opinion survey, while not starving and some of its conclusions, i think it's an insight into where future policy might head. here's some of the key findings, and their set forth in the book in detail. nearly nine out of every 10 residents in the fatah region opposed u.s. military operation. this is not a few that slightly held. in fact, passionately and intensely help but here's one measure of why. when only one in 10 people, flat top, flat top, one and 10 full-time residents, in tribal areas think that su
lincoln would do this. lincoln asked steve for a letter of introduction with a professional woman, and i don't me agriculture. it was an occupation that predated agriculture. what we have pieced together is lincoln visited the prostitute and he had maybe three dollars with him, which was a lot of money. not eliot spitzer money, but a pretty fair amount of money. and the prostitute apparently charges lincoln five bucks. which was an enormous amount of money. so lincoln says to her, ma'am, i have to tell you, -- honest abe. he says i cap afford it. eye only have the. she knows speed to it's a possible he could pay her when he gets the money. he doesn't have the movement we know that either, a., because lincoln got embarrassed or, b., his honor got the best of him, but once she said to lincoln you can pay me later or maybe this one is on the house, lynn ran -- lincoln ran out the door. so it was not a happy ending, it was a good ending. so what i thought i'd do for the main body of my remarks today is tell you just a couple of my favorite stories, not just about mistresses in history but mo
lewinski scandal and the al capone trial or the death of john dillinger. beautiful columns by steve and peggy noonan and michael daley but then jack london talking about the 1906 earthquake in san francisco and it has a sense of a perspective that we've visited a lot of this stuff before and great storytelling creates a perspective on our own problems. >> the destruction that is almost never talk about outside of texas puts to shame what's happened in new york with the hurricane. hundreds of thousands of people affected, destroyed and to read about it and see that there were people on the ground who knew about it and cared about it and were wondering at a time will anybody remember this and when the years have gone by it's really important for people to get the perspective. >> when we balance the scandals and the tragedies as well it's amazing when you read the perfect game the column where he calls him the cinderella man that is later made into a movie has never been before. we found it in the new york public library you get these great inspiring stories along with the stories and
drink it. i talk to a fellow named steve from the ctc and asked the same thing. there are hundreds of thousands of children in bangladesh dying of bacterial diarrhea and bacterial pneumonia in bangladesh. he was pleased that the cholera hospital. these diseases have been murderous over centuries. why bother with this virus that kills a few dozen each year when you have these other diseases? he told me that this is such a nasty diseases and has such potential we cannot ignore it simply because it is no small it could be large. yes it is important to take the old fashioned diseases like cholera seriously and keep it in perspective but also vigilant about the new emerging diseases because in 1981 we had it is seized emerge called aids that was one of the influenza emerging new each year and it is also capable to kill millions. that is the response i have heard wide to take the small boutique diseases very seriously. so what we do to stop or contain, in some cases, we probably do more harm than good. to panting and what they are spraying with comic you -- we have done so much damage bu
on feb. 20 eighth. we start with steve call followed by reynard brandy and robert caro. at 5:00 p.m. widow of jack nelson and editor of mr. nelson's memoirs sits down with president carter and and terry adamson to discuss his life and career. flint and pillaring and leverett argue change in policy for the government of iran is necessary. that is a 9:00 eastern. and 2:00 p.m. william rhodes exports the current state of economic and financial challenges facing europe and asia. watch these programs and more all weekend long on booktv. for complete scheduled visit >> finance starts in the 1930s with sophia quarter ended the spinoff of the 1930s, the 1930s unknown from everything from the hard economic times of the 1930s you see everything from alcoholics anonymous in the 1930s to people thinking they could get rich to various social activist movements, fascism and communism had a huge appeal and there is the fulcrum going on out there. so personal finance out of this over a period of years and her goal is to educate people that the great depression will never happen again.
. and then we saw it again when steve forbes, another good friend, you know, was working on the european crisis at the time and was trying to make sense of certain aspects. and he came out and said this is a must read for angela merkel, nicolas sarkozy and dave cameron. now, in my way of thinking he left out some southern european countries that might also have gotten something out of it, but it's easy to see why, you know, a after you get a read of it, you know, why so many people need to know what bill knows and how he knew it and what he did with it in terms of doing it. now, everybody knows that bill spent 53 years at citigroup. now, i've heard over 50, bill, i've heard 55 today, and so we're going to go with over 50. that's a considerable amount of time. and when you think about that time frame and going back and whatever, he was a devout disciple of our late and great chairman of citi, walter or riston. walter, again, when you talk about bill and you talk about walter, you're talking about icons in this field. now, every single treasury secretary would come to see walter riston, and there
is steve lopez and peggy noonan, but then you read jack london about the 1906 earthquake in san francisco and it does create a sense of perspective. we been through a lot of this stuff before and it's great storytelling that creates perspective on our problems. the instruction of galveston outside of texas puts to shame i just have been in new york with hurricane stan knee. hundreds of thousands of people affect it, destroy to see there were people on the ground who knew about it, cared about it and were even wondering at the time, will anyone remember this? will people remember what happened to this town. it's important for people to get that data. thematically balanced tragedy to triumph as well. when you need surely povich on john larsen's perfect game, damon runyon's column where he calls cinderella man, later made into a movie. we found it in the new york public library, see her get these inspiring stories across with this scandal, tragedy and triumph. the new cycle right now involving a scandal really does show you we've been through this stuff before. every generation replaced ephe
to achieving the kind of vibrancy and wealth that we have. i mean, the steve jobs, the zuckermans, so i want to be able to find those senators and congresswomen and men who can foster that environment and certainly will do everything i can to get them elected so, yes, i will be involved in the upcoming elections. >> and is it after the, after your adventure with mr. santorum, you talked about wanting to do, wanting to be active but in a way that was a little more, a little less traceable. you talked about wanting to do it through c4s. is that how you see doing whatever you plan to do during the congressional cycle in 2014, or do you see it -- how do you see being a force? >> well, no. the whole idea of keeping a low profile, i said how in the world did i get this? i didn't want realize all these reporters were going to show. i thought it'd be a handful or so. so, basically, the notoriety has kind of mixed emotions for me, but i do believe that i can be more of a help in ways that bring people together. my success did not come from tearing down other people. to succeed in business, you have t
in the last decade, really. >> yeah, i don't want to out him, but steve is four rows back, and he remembers, i'm sure, the disappointment when the bill failed. your predecessor was one of the point persons on it and had to sit in the cabin by himself for the weekend after it failed he was so discurnlgedded, but it's -- discouraged, but it's a big deal and affects the whole country. >> right. >> i'm hopeful we make progress. last immigration question. you worked with the mexico government, and one that is based on risk segmentation and the latest technology. please update us on how that's going. >> it's going well. you know, mexico is one of the leading trading partners, and quite frankly, we need a port infrastructure that allows goods and commerce to flow smoothly through. we're working on projects like preinspections so trying to take pressure off the physical border and do things before goods get there, working with mexico on trusted shipper and trusted traveler programs. we're working on doing risk-based analysis of cargo before it even arrives at a port of entry so i think that border, wh
," congressman steve, freshman democrat from nevada to discuss the priorities and issues before the 113th congress. including spending, immigration, and gun control. he's followed by congressman liter i are. republican from nebraska. he'll be here to talk about the decision by the state governor approve the rerouting of the keystone pipeline through the state and the potential economic impact. [inaudible] it's hard to realize now twenty five years if -- in a way after the stalin years and the crew and automatic the sort of thing. soviets were very foreign to us, you know. after some of the things that happened, why we thought they were pretty aggressive people and i won't simon steers, but they probably thought we were monsters. so we very quickly broke through that because when you deal with people that are in the same line of work as you are, why and, and you're around them far short time, why you discover that human beings . >> this weekend on american history tv. oral histories, poll low nasa restaurant on the 1980 meeting of astronauts in space. on sunday c-span3. >>> a group of cons
? >> senator steve chaney with the american security project. please do you talking about weapons of mass destruction but i wanted her about our weapons of mass destruction. the caps at 1550 with thousands more in reserve. is there not an opportunity to look at the triad, but that significant reductions, looking at new s.t.a.r.t. and not build a new submarine or bomber and save a ton of money. >> that will be part of the debate but at some point we have to decide at what level we need to be from a national security military standpoint, to be viable and protect the american people and to be seen, someone with the capability to do that. i think the larger question is we need to focus on reduction, what is happening around the world, what is happening in north korea, what is happening in iran, what kind of access are some of the terrorist groups going to have to wm d capabilities? that is the greater threat. i give senator lugar credit for being part of reducing -- destroying those weapons and so forth and so on but the real challenge is those who are totally ignoring the non-proliferation t
, but no response the other way to leaders in iran. soon i guess, sir, in the back. >> senator steve cheney with the american security project. please to hear talk about weapons of mass destruction. i picked your thoughts about our weapons. under the new start the cap is at 1550 were thousands more in reserve. this is not an opportunity to look at the triad, significant reductions, perhaps new start and not the so the submarine, bomber and save a ton of money? >> that will be part of the debate, but at some point we have to decide what level do we need to be from a national security standpoint is to be viable and protect the american people and be seen as someone with the capability to do that. the larger question is that we need to focus on rather than reduction as what's happening around the world, what's happening in the area and what's happening in iran and what kind of access some of these terrorist groups are going to have to wmd capabilities. that's the greater threat. senator lugar and senator nunn great credit for being part of reducing -- destroying some of those other weapons and
the late, great famous crocodile-wrestling naturalist steve irwin would have hesitated to sit down at a table for an hour and a half with the vice president, but at the end of that session, we knew which of those men had a better political character and which of those men was a better advocate for his cause. [applause] so i am, i'm absolutely certain that whatever is the solution and the answer to the right's political predicament over the next few years, paul ryan will be part of that answer and solution. he is a great friend of nr, a great advocate of our cause. please, ladies and gentlemen, welcome paul ryan. [applause] >> that was pretty good. i'll take you bow hunting someday. [laughter] hey, thanks, everybody. [applause] that's great. thanks so much. appreciate it. well, i can say about that introduction, that was the, um, most recent introduction i've ever received. [laughter] thanks, rich, i appreciate it. you know, i'm happy to see so many friends here in the audience. i just see a lot of familiar faces. and i'm honored to speak to so many distinguished guests. you know, y
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